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STUFF PEOPLE ASK ME ON TWITTER

The crazy and interesting and crazy interesting “Stuff People Ask Me on Twitter” …

Kirshner Saintil (@selfmade8806) asks, do the Heat have a free throw coach? Because if you look at it, missed free throws are another reason they lost.

The Heat does not have a coach for free throws. Each player is simply required to work on his free throws after practice. Now, I have seen Wade use the Heat’s wall-mounted, shot-doctor machine. The devise uses a laser (or maybe magic) to measure the angle of players’ shots. Usually, James Jones and Mike Miller use it for three-point shooting but recently Wade has used it to help him be more consistent at the line. The trajectory of Wade’s ideal free throw is about 45 degrees. 

During the regular season, the Heat shot 77.5 percent from the free-throw line. On the road, the number was close to 80 percent. On the road, when pressure and fatigue have more of an impact, the Heat shot 75.6 percent.

In the playoffs, the Heat has shot 71.9 percent from the free-throw line. In this round—and this is kinda crazy—Miami has shot 66.9 percent from the line, including 61.4 percent from the line at TD Garden.

Wade is a career 77 percent free-throw shooter in the playoffs. During this postseason, he’s shooting 69 percent from the line. While that number is well below average, it’s not unprecedented for Wade. In the Heat’s five games in the 2010 playoffs, Wade shot 67.5 percent from the line.

Of course, Wade isn’t the only Heat player choking at the free-throw line. Mario Chalmers is shooting 69 percent from the stripe. He’s a career 78 percent free-throw shooter. LeBron James, a career 74-percent shooter from the line, is shooting 64.8 percent from the line in the Eastern Conference finals.

Kyddhere (@kyddhere) asks, should the Heat fire Spoelstra before Game 6?

That would certainly alter his reality.

Mark Kitchens (@MarkSnitchens4) asks, any idea why Wade and LeBron aren't going to the podium?

I have to assume that they’ve simply run out of clothes and are too embarrassed to wear the same thing twice on national television. Image is the most important thing at this point. They’ve made that clear.

Ghettolicious (Esteedeesha) asks, do you use mama biscuit soap?

More commonly known as Mama Biscuit Ass Soap, this specialized sanitary product is marketed to exotic dancers who might lack the proper freshness after a long night of work. I use it often.

Jordan Tipton (@JBTipton8) asks, is it OK to feel bad for myself right now? Where do they go from here?

You’re true fan, Jordan, and you should be proud of that fact. But no, it’s not OK to feel bad for yourself. Step away from the ledge, my friend. It’s perfectly OK to be frustrated that your team lost but don’t let that feeling be confused with self loathing. And, by the looks of the crowd on Tuesday, most people didn’t seem too upset. Just go to the beach and enjoy the summer. Plenty to do in Miami than sulk.

Metta World Mark, @MettaWorldMark) asks, what does the team usually provide food wise for the team?

Turkey sandwiches before games. Dexter Pittman likes Taco Bell but the Heat won't buy it for him.

BetrayedBocaBaker (@psulur) asks, did the Heat do a "good job"? Follow-up question: Was that a "good effort"?

If this question seems a little vague to some people, our friend from Boca Raton is referencing a YouTube video that surfaced after Tuesday night’s game of a young Miami fan cheering on the Heat’s players despite the loss. If only every person in Miami was this genuine and passionate. Here’s the video:

Ramon Branger (@ramonk82) asks, why do you think Spo didn't play Joel last night? And why hasn't anyone asked him?

I know you don’t expect a straight answer on this one because I certainly wouldn't get one if I asked it. Why does Spoelstra do anything he does during games? In all seriousness, Bosh took Anthony’s minutes. Plus, Anthony didn’t exactly standout in Games 4 and 5. He averaged less than three points and two rebounds in those games. Still, it’s kind of odd to start Anthony one game during the series and then not play him at all. But we could go on and on with that theme.Consider this: The Heat has started three different centers this series and will likely start a fourth on Thursday (Bosh).

Travis Sherwood (@hutchieman) asks, should Spo have played Bosh in the 4th Q last night?

To loosely quote a line from a movie, do you leave your best horse in the stables for the Kentucky Derby? Spoelstra didn’t play Bosh in the fourth quarter and that decision might be one of many that come back to haunt him. Now, give Spoelstra credit for even playing Bosh. It was risky. But Bosh was up to the task and should have been in the game in crunch time. When Spoelstra said it wasn’t “fair” to play Bosh in the final three minutes, I think he was taking about Bosh possibly reinjuring himself.

Christopher Allard (@ASAPInfa) asks, why did the Heat suddenly forget how to play basketball the way they are capable?

I’ll answer this question with a question. Why does everyone forget that Rondo dislocated his elbow in Game 2 of last season’s Eastern Conference finals? That not-so-small detail greatly affected the outcome of the series. Maybe this is as good as the Heat is capable of playing against a team with a superior point guard and center.

Alex Lum (@alexlum2) asks, do you think the Heat wins Games 6 and 7 if Bosh plays more?

I don’t think there will be a Game 7, if that answers your question. Bosh will play more in Game 6 but it might be too little too late. At this point, a victory for the Heat in Game 6 is probably less likely than, say, Mario Chalmers teaching advanced Calculus to a group of sixth graders in Nome, Alaska. OK, I kid. The Heat still has a fighting chance. If LeBron James is on your team, you’ve got a chance.

Marlo (@marlostatus) asks, should LeBron ask for a trade? This team worse than the CAVS team he played for.

You could certainly make a compelling case. Could LeBron’s 2010 Cavs defeat the current Heat team? It’s something to ponder. As for the trade, that’s not happening. Talk about an image crisis. LeBron would never recover from that one. James got himself into this mess, so he might as well see it through.

Louis Merein (@305miamiteams) asks, should Stan Van Gundy coach the Heat? It would be giving him a second chance.

Van Gundy is much to mean to coach the Heat. LeBron likes nice coaches. Seriously, Van Gundy has a little more pride than that, I think. Maybe once Riley retires.

Josh (@UnbiasHeatFan) asks, since the season might be over very soon...draft talk. Whose your guy? I like Andrew Nicholson.

Last season’s “my guy” was Kenneth Faried and I nailed that one. Going with Jae Crowder of Marquette this time.

Ryan (@RealRyanPatino) asks, in your honest opinion and I'll take a direct message for the answer, how rigged is the NBA's officiating, if at all?

In my honest opinion, everyone is on the take. You, me, your mom, the refs, everyone.

Avery Banks (@AveryBanks77) asks, my question is how long will it take Pat Riley to coach or replace Spo. It's playoffs and still no good rotation?

Rotations are so overrated. That’s outside noise. That’s not my reality. This is a long and strange journey and we’re all on it together for whatever reason. *drops acid*

Rolly Mendoza (@rollzter) asks, does the blame go to the players or coaching staff when Heat uses so many isolation plays?

Did the credit go to Paul Pierce or Doc Rivers when Pierce jacked that three in LeBron’s face? Look, when you have LeBron and Wade on your team and they’re surrounded by role players who aren’t pulling their weight offensively, isolation basketball is just a reality. So, I guess it’s mostly the players’ fault but the fault shouldn’t entirely fall on LeBron and Wade.

Place Your Bets (@SELFMADE_G22) doesn’t really have a question, but he did leave a good comment: "If the Heat wins Game 6 they have to put the video of ESPN analysts calling Heat fans"soft"on the big screen see how they react.

You’re right. Heat fans need something to get their blood pumping because the Eastern Conference finals apparently hasn’t done the trick. I couldn’t believe how quite the crowd was in the fourth quarter on Tuesday. It’s as if the fans were too nervous to cheer. The perception of this team has been so out of whack since the beginning that it has affected how Heat fans cheer for the team. That’s the best analysis I’ve got in that department. Either that, or Heat fans are soft. But I live in Miami. I KNOW Heat fans aren’t soft. Not exactly a soft town.

Aaron John Gonsoulin (gonsoulin16) asks, will Bosh start Game 6?

He better.

Adam (@dolfan0516) asks, why does the team look so disinterested/lethargic for large portions of the game?

The Celtics mixed up their defenses in second and third quarters and the Heat was either too lazy or too unprepared for it. Between the second and third quarters, the Heat scored 36 points in 24 minutes. Pathetic. Miami had substantial leads at halftime, entering the third quarter and in the fourth quarter but couldn’t hang on. I wouldn’t exactly call it lethargic because the Heat out-rebounded the Celtics by 10. But Wade certainly seems to take plays off and LeBron settles for too many jumpers. In the second quarter, James was 4 of 7 from the field and the rest of the Heat was 1 of 15!

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Miami is not soft. We have zombies here.

Spurs, OKC, Boston their players gather during games to plan sign of unity and good communication, i dont see miami doing it.

boston has a big 3 and 4 with Rhondo, but they play as a team because though they have some combustible personalities on their team like garnett and rhondo, the leader and one they call the tyrant is Doc Rivers. He leads them and its his way or the highway. Spo is failing.

Also remember, at one point, Rivers also had almost rodman wierd Glenn Davis and another hothead Perkins yet he kept them in line and everyone knew their role and played it. This is definitely on Spo. Why are rotations so important? How can you build team chemistry, know your role, etc. without repetition and assurance that you will get to play your role. Don't continually change lineups, demand the most and from you players so they play above their abilities and provide a sound strategy.

Lol at Joe play on Spo's press conference acid trip.

Joe

Do you like the idea of coaches having to miss some of the game following timeouts to answer idiotic questions from someone like Dorisshhhh Burke?

Do you think the Heat coach should give the national media and our opponents X's and O's strategy?

Does Greg Popovich give X's and O's strategy answers, or does he just give vague 'let me get back to the bench' answers?

Should the Spurs blowup their team and fire their coach after losing 4 straight games?

If Bosh's +/- tonight is -14 going into the 4th quarter, and we need stops instead of points, do we still play him and let UD/JA/Battier on the bench?

Which NBA player can shut down Westbrook/Rondo/Rose? (I'll help you with this one. NONE. But, reference last year's ECF, a team can.)

Thanks for your time.

I hate D-Wade as much as I love him. Somewhat I feel like I saw Shaq's attitude in his body. He doesn't play for 48 minutes. He always looks like try to put an only 12-minute effort to get a run and to get out of the game.

I am so sick that he always walks on the court without defending and always whining to the officials which I totally agree with Rondo's comments.

greg, i understand, but even when the herald, sentinel, tnt/espn/cnnsi commentators (ex coaches, ex all stars, and guys who have just been around the game) start calling out Spo being out coached - and some of these guys are trying not to give it to Spo big time by saying its not his fault, he's just in over his head to blaming Riley for putting him in that position cause he would fail - then THERE IS A PROBLEM. We're not talking about bloggers anymore, thought I don't think being a blogger makes your IQ less than someone in the field. There are some intelligent minds out there.

Why are you so loyal to Spo instead of the Heat? Come one man. We're not here to beat Spo down, but if an experiment is not working, then we have to fix it. Let's be honest. If Phil Jackson/Sloan/Pop/Rivers/etc. had this team we would have won multiple championships by now and would be dominant. You are an intelligent guy, so where is the Spo love coming from?

oh second thing is:

Heat give away x's and o's? The problem is no one sees ANY x's and o's to give away. Set a pick. Give the ball to Lebron at a stand still. There's nothing to our strategy. The Heat are doomed. Riley won't get a bonifide coach who's proven.

Because I don't know the strategy of bass fishing, it looks to me like the fisherman just throws the line in the water and comes up with bass, doesn't mean there isn't a strategy. Maybe I'm just too stupid about the sport to understand the intracies.

Did Pop get outcoached because his team lost to Scott Brooks'?

It's a societal thing. The predictable leanings of our sports media, and our media in general, will side with the players (workers) and blindly blame the coaches (management) everytime. Of course that changes for the biggest employer in the world, the US GOV. Then, it's management always knows better than the workers. It's so predictable. Maybe Riles hired SPO because he saw how low the bar was set for experience in obtaining the highest job in the land in 2008. Maybe SPO should read from a telestrator when in a press conference, hell, even if he's talking to a 3rd grade class, he might need one.

Now, if you don't think that the talking shirts at ESPN aren't openly hoping for Miami to fail, 'you're blind, you can't see - you need to wear some glasses like DMC'!

Put LBJ's numbers up next to anybody's. Yet he is criticized more than our leaders who sold guns to Mexican drug lords. Somehow, that passes mustard, and Lebron is a villian.

I got more, but that's enough reality, and that'll get people all riled up against me. But that's like water off a duck's rear. It won't stick to me cause I'm like teflon Bill Clinton.

Was it Popvich's fault the Spurs didn't foul when they were down only 4 in the closing moments of last night's game? They gave up a dunk to Perkins, on that possession. Who's fault - players or coach? Now, keep in mind that the coach was on the sideline imploring them to foul? Does the coach get a pass because the players didn't employ the strategy? Or do we grill the coach?

Also, after you win a championship as a coach, are you golden and untouchable? Do you not make mistakes?

Why doesn't Riley get that pass? He's won 5 as a coach, and 1 as a player.

I do understand Miami is hated. But Riley did some dirty stuff to make it get to that point. In LA, he was loved like Phil Jackson still is. When he went to the Knicks, he was still ok, but the rumor is it really ticked off a lot of people including his coaches (JVG was one of them) how he left NY. I don't know the details. Then what Riley did to SVG made it worst. Then him making his players look bad in the media like Shaq, Antoine Walker, even DWade at times when he was losing after they had just won him a title was even more terrible. Riley has been cut throat and made a lot of enemies with what he's done and how he's treated people. Then he hired Spo and that added to what people were saying when he hired SVG - he hires yes men, except SVG, like JVG, isnt a yes man.

Finally Spo never deserved the head coach job. We can't waste anymore of our big 3 years. We had a chance to be great. Instead the heat are floundering like the Dolphins with Marino, Clayton, Duper, etc. Do the referees even matter if we are dominant and up by 20? We had a chance for something great in Miami and soon Miami - may win one championship at this rate or none - will be like Boston - an aging team that who's window has passed.

Let me add a dissenting opinion or two.

Both Van Gundys speak well of Riley and the chance they got to start their NBA coaching careers, are attributed to him. Stan left because of Shaq, not Riley. Please, is Otis Smith why he got fired from the Magic, or was is Dwight Howard. Riley has been $hit on since he went to the Knicks, mainly because the media was going to gulp everything down that had to do with the Bulls (including accepting Rodman's antics) and hate anyone who dared challenge his errorness.

Every coach/GM is cut throat. It's part of the job.

What GM hires a coach that doesn't agree with his basketball philosophy? Any names come to mind? Me, either. Would Parcells as a GM hire Jimmie Johnson? Hell, no!

Look, I'm not going to buy into the media's artificial goal line for this team. They are NOT going to win the championship EVERY year. Celtics didn't, Lakers didn't (they are just trying to get out of the second round with a couple of wins), Spurs didn't, Bulls didn't, and neither will the Heat. There is too much competition to assume otherwise.

Experience? What was Pop's experience prior to leading the Spurs? Maybe we should try to find a community organizer to run our team. Think we would be WAY OVER the salary cap with little to nothing to show for it? As long as it's Mickey's money - it wouldn't matter to the coach, keep spending!

....getting to Game 6 of the championship series is NOT a wasted year. There were 28 other NBA teams sitting at home wishing their year sucked as bad as ours did.

...did Pop waste the Spurs season this year?

....did Doc waste C's season last year?

Seems like a lot of bombs being thrown at this team. Anybody have the testicular fortitude to answer my questions?

Spurs overachieve Greg. Just as Boston is. They are old yet continue to win. We have the most talented, in your prime team in the NBA. OKC has the next. Look how OKC adjusted and beat the old Spurs?

So no, it wasn't a wasted year for the Spurs. It was a surprise year because they OVERACHIEVED.

The problem with Miami is we are UNDERACHIEVING reminiscent to the Miami Dolphins with Dan Marino, Mark Clayton, Dupers, Sammie Smith and other good running back, etc. Its wasted when Lebron is young. Why wait til he only has two championship runs left (DWade is teetering on that age line where he'll be declining maybe as soon as next year). Be hungry, greedy; Get as many titles as you can.

Really ur still comparing sporano with hall of fame head coaches?
Let's go heat. I hope they win tonight.

But if they don't. U know what's going to happen Greg

FIRE SPO!

Then we will see how great of a coach he is when he can't even get a job as an assistant next year or the year after that.

Open mouth - insert foot

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